Phoenix and Maricopa County free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Several charities and non-profits in the Phoenix Arizona region can provide free Christmas items to low income families. Children can receive free gifts, Christmas toys, clothing, games, books, and maybe even gift certificates to use to shop. Parents and the entire family may also be able to receive a free hot meal or food items. The charities and organizations that run these holiday programs do their best to ensure that no family goes without during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

Dozens of organizations operate across Maricopa County. They depend on donations from local businesses and individuals from across the region. Everything that someone does contribute to one of these programs will go directly to assisting low income families, and in particular children or even senior citizens and the homebound. Your contribution can help ensure that children and the youth of Maricopa County have some type of present to open. Some of what may be distributed at the charities includes toys, clothing such as coats or shoes, games, dolls, books, and other gift items.

The sites and distributions centers often require volunteers as well. People are needed to help prepare and serve meals, pack boxes of food, or even wrap gifts. So please volunteer or donate if you can. The demand is very high for help around the holidays. Your time and generosity can help provide assistance to the less fortunate at Christmas.

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
This program partners with many other non-profits across Maricopa County Arizona. Together they ensure gifts, toys, and other items are provided to children. Some of the distributions sites and locations are below. Toys for Tots provides free toys for the holidays to children and infants from low income and working poor families. The organization also provides gift boxes to nonprofit organizations for distribution to those in need of help. Almost all of the locations are operated from confidential sites.





  • Show Low center. Call (928) 537-4327 for details.
  • Toys for Tots in Phoenix can be reached at (602) 348-1114
  • Hereford, AZ 85615, dial (520) 803-0814
  • Flagstaff Arizona has a center. The main phone number is (928) 266-0006
  • Safford, Arizona 85546, dial (928) 792-3100
  • Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406, (928) 855-5884
  • Kingman, AZ 86401, dial (928) 377-0945
  • Tucson, AZ 85701, main number is (520) 331-4462
  • Kingman, Arizona 86401, call (928) 377-0945 for information.
  • Casa Grande, Arizona 85122, (520) 836-1022
  • Sedona location can be called at (928) 821-3300
  • Cottonwood center can be called at (928) 649-3747.
  • Prescott, AZ 86301, (928) 772-7842
  • Yuma, AZ 85365, phone (928) 210-7476

Valley Assistance Services Holiday Program
250 E Continental Rd, Ste 102
Green Valley, Arizona 85614
Main phone number is (520) 625-5966
The non-profit organization coordinates holiday assistance programs for senior citizens and children of families on low income. The center does rely on donations from the community. Applicants are screened for eligibility for any type of assistance. At that time any applicants will be matched with generous donors who provide free gifts, toys, meals and food baskets. The agency will also partner with The Salvation Army of Maricopa County to assist as many people as possible.





Arizona Helping Hands Crisis Toy Distribution
7850 E Gelding Dr
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
The agency gives free toys to first responders to give to children that are facing a crisis situation. The organization also is heavily involved in distributing gifts, games and other toys to children that need assistance.

East Mesa Food Bank Holiday Assistance
Location is 752 S Ellsworth Rd
Mesa, AZ 85208
(480) 986-9827
Many resources are offered. Among them, it offers free Christmas gifts for children in the East Valley or Maricopa County region. Hot meals, gift baskets, and other items are passed out too.

Foothills Community Foundation Holiday Project
34250 N 60th St
Scottsdale, Arizona 85266
Call (480) 488-1090 for intake.
The center distributes presents, food certificates, and vouchers to people in need in the agency's service area during the Christmas Holiday season.

Gospel Rescue Mission Community Street Banquet Holiday Meals
Location is 312 W 28th St
Tucson, AZ 85713
Call (520) 740-1501
The location provides a free, annual Thanksgiving dinner. Other programs distribute annual Christmas dinners and hold holiday parties. What may be distributed includes toys for youth age 14 and younger on a first-come, first-served basis.

Crossroads Nogales Mission Holiday Meals
Main address is 338 N Morley Ave
Nogales, Arizona 85621
Telephone: (520) 287-5828
Free holiday meals are served throughout the year. It includes Eater, Valentines Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, and Thanksgiving meals. Some of what may be served are Turkeys, Ham, and all of the sides. Also provides holiday groceries and food boxes for struggling families.




The Salvation Army
Several regional corp centers offer free grocery store gift certificates, hot meals and toys for families with children age 12 and younger. Many senior citizens and the very low income can also receive help and companionship during the Christmas season. Many volunteers can also offer free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to the elderly in need in congregate settings and through home delivery. The Angel Tree programs is another key serve that is offered.

  • Tempe Corps Christmas Assistance, 714 S Myrtle Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85281, call (480) 967-8649
  • 237 S Montezuma St, Prescott, AZ 86303, dial (928) 778-0150 for information or assistance.
  • Phoenix Social Services Holiday Assistance Program, 2702 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, telephone number is (602) 267-4122
  • Green Valley Corp center. Call (520) 625-3888
  • Christmas Angel Toy Distribution, 1021 N 11th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705, telephone number is (520) 792-1629
  • Find more Maricopa County Salvation Army holiday assistance programs.

Mission of Grace Love Kitchen Holiday Assistance
Location of the charity is 1715 S Penrod Ln
Pinetop, AZ 85935
Dial (928) 367-6505 for information.
The charity organization, its staff and volunteers prepares and serves Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for people in need.





Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Diocese of Phoenix Christmas Adopt a Family
420 W Watkins Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
The main program they run is known as Christmas Adopt a Family. It can distribute free holiday gifts to families, teenagers and children in need.


By Jon McNamara

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